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Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Brown’

Scenes From LA’s ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’

FBLA was at the LA satellite version of Jon Stewart‘s “Rally to Restore Sanity” on Saturday. Have to say, though sparsely attended–no more than 1,000 people showed up–the tone was more earnest and less ironic than Stewart’s DC rally. We actually liked it better. Aside from multiple dull platitudes about voting–as if choosing between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown is how we’re going to right the ship of American ills–the comics who took the stage were far more political and aggressive than in DC. Comic Jimmy Dore sagely noted that in the face of trillion dollar Wall Street bailouts and corrupt political officials, teacher and their unions aren’t the ones we should be accusing of greed and scapegoating for the ills of America.

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Some Midterm Races on Twitter

Republicans have “institutionalized” Facebook. But Twitter is still the wild west. Well, not as wild as ’09. Politicians are not tweeting themselves anymore. But we have done some of our own states on key races around the country and in our state.

Nevada Senate race:
Harry Reid (D): 12,563 followers
Sharron Angle (R): 8,089 followers

California Governor Race:
Meg Whitman (R): 242,141 followers
Jerry Brown (D): 1,100,939 followers

California Senate Race:
Carly Fiorina (R): 308,850 followers
Barbara Boxer (D): 23,724 followers

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The Whitman, Brown and Schwarzenegger Chat at the Women’s Conference

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The second half of this debate/chat is making the media rounds. Interviewer Matt Lauer asked the candidates if they would take down the negative ads for the final week. Jerry Brown agreed. Meg Whitman didn’t and managed to get booed three times at the Women’s Conference. Way to read the crowd. Above is the unedited tape.

Meg Whitman Charges Media $2K For a Day of Travel With Campaign

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that there is a high price tag for press traveling with gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman in the final days of the campaign:

Whitman is charging the media a whopping $1,350 for one day, and an astronomical $2,050 for another — hotels not included. And so far, no details of what itinerary is planned, with a week to go.

Whitman campaign spokeswoman Sarah Pompei, in an email to reporters, gave those figures out with the observation that “we have worked to keep the cost for travel during the day as low as possible.”

We’re sure Meg’s doing her best, but the Jerry Brown campaign provides a much better bargain for tag-along reporters. $700 a day for hotels, meals, and transportation – and maybe even some interviews.

Hat tip Romenesko.

The Great California ‘Whore’ Debate

In last night’s gubernatorial debate, Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown spent over two minutes discussing the word “whore”–a conversation prompted by a Brown aide getting caught calling Whitman a whore on an answering machine. A Google News search for “Meg Whitman” “whore” reveals over 1,000 results as of this afternoon. Will “whore” hurt Brown? Or won’t it?! We’re on the edge of our frickin’ seats.

California sure is a hotbed of important political discourse these days. You’d hardly even know the state is on the verge of defying Federal drug laws and legalizing marijuana in a couple of weeks.

The LA Times Begrudgingly Endorses Jerry Brown for Governor

The LA Times’ endorsed Jerry Brown for governor in his race with Ebay billionaire Meg Whitman. But they didn’t seem too happy about it.

For its next governor, California is in dire need of a dynamic and optimistic grownup, one with the personality, perspective and presence to remind voters that theirs is a fabulously wealthy state and not the downward-spiraling mess that national media reports delight in comparing to Greece or Portugal. We need someone with a Reaganesque talent for revealing to ourselves our own exceptionalism and dismissing the self-doubt of the last decade. We need a Pat Brown or Earl Warren-style focus on our future, with investment in education and infrastructure. And we need a leader deft and clever enough to move Californians away from a three-decade pattern of undermining our own government, checking and counterchecking ourselves with selfish initiatives to lock up special program spending, lock out political decision-making and accountability and lock in a perpetual and destructive budget standoff, year after year.

Fate presents the state instead with two candidates who fall well short of our current needs.

Um, hate to break the news to you guys, but you’ve just described the last…hmmm…30 years of American democracy. And no, we don’t need another Ronald Reagan to delude us into misguided and largely destructive notions of our own self-importance so we can carry on with business as usual.

The Times offered a more hearty, if somewhat contradictory endorsement of Barbara Boxer for senate, over Republican Carly Fiorina. The Times’ editorial suggests Boxer struggles inĀ  “exercising influence commensurate with her seniority,” but at the same time suffers from an “assertiveness that often is perceived as arrogance.”

So you’re telling us she’s assertive to the point of arrogance, but fails to assert herself? Alrighty then.

Happy election season everyone!

Meg Whitman Pays Bloggers Better Than She Pays the Help

What do bloggers and maids of indeterminate legal working status have in common? They don’t get paid very well. That is, unless you work for Meg Whitman. Well, as you probably heard, Whitman’s undocumented housekeeper didn’t get paid very well. But her bloggers sure do.

As the Daily Caller’s Jonathan Strong reported last week, Whitman has consistently paid upwards of 1,000 percent the market rate for advertising space on the conservative blog Red Country. She’s been paying $15,000 a month for advertising all year for a site that only gets 125,000 unique viewers per month. That’s a buck for every 8 people. Not bad.

In related news, this Fishie would like to announce the launch of his new investigative blog, “Meg Whitman is a strong, family-oriented patriot who’s good for America and California and may just be the female reincarnation of Jesus Christ himself — and Jerry Brown smells like doo doo.”

H/T The eXiled

Governor Bobblehead Contest Contested!

meg-jerrrrrrrrobbleheads-240cm081910.jpgThis is why we love politics. The minor-league baseball team River Cats staged a gubernatorial bobblehead giveaway at a game last Friday. The first bobblehead to be sold out would be declared the winner. Would more people line up for Jerry Brown? Or would the masses demand Meg Whitman dolls? The organizers boasted that during the ’08 presidential election River Cats fans went the way of the rest of the country and went for Obama over McCain figurines.

According to River Cats spokesperson Meg Whitman won this last contest. Get your inauguration tickets now…hold on a sec…

Apparently there were – wait for it – voting irregularities!

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Whitman Wins Minor-League Bobblehead Showdown

Okay, Meg, you can stop spamming our media with your commercials now. You’ve won. First the primary against super-wienie Steve Poizner and now a minor-league baseball game knickknack give away. That counts. Call off your constant commercials already!

AP reports:

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Republican Meg Whitman can now claim another endorsement – fans of a Sacramento minor-league baseball team.

The Sacramento River Cats on Friday held their own kind of gubernatorial election – a bobblehead contest. The team gave away 2,500 bobbleheads in the likeness of Whitman and Democratic candidate Jerry Brown.

Team spokeswoman Rebecca Brutlag says the Whitman bobbleheads were snatched up first, making her the winner. The team did not count how many fewer Brown bobbleheads had been distributed when Whitman won.

And yes, in case you are curious, there are more Whitman dolls up for sale on Ebay (as of this posting nine) than Brown dolls (as of this posting six). Also, the Brown bobblehead is going for more money currently. That’s a switch.

Previously on FBLA: Who Will Win Governor Race? Ask the Bobbleheads

Who Will Win Governor Race? Ask the Bobbleheads

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It’s no octopus guessing World Cup winners – but that’s not how we treat our sushi in California. No it’s up to a bunch of desk ornaments to guess our next governor.

Christopher Weber explains:

As a pregame promotion Friday, the Sacramento River Cats will give away bobblehead dolls of the two major candidates, Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown.

“There will be 1,250 of each bobblehead and fans can stand in the respective line of whichever doll they would like,” said team spokeswoman Rebecca Brutlag.

The candidate whose doll runs out first will be declared the winner.

Bobbleheads have been an election bellwether in the past. In 2008, the team gave away dolls of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. Brutlag points out that Obama won the bobblehead vote and went on to win the state and the presidency.

Okay, first off – a presidential contest in California is not a “bellwether” – it’s predicting the Democrat will win. But hey, we like Jerry’s Bobblehead, he looks cute. Meg’s is very flattering. She should be pleased too.

The game is tonight. Just smile and nod…er bob.

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